Monthly Archives: April 2013

Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park is best known for its namesake coast redwood trees (Sequoia sempervirens, Cupressaceae). These trees are the tallest on earth, regularly exceeding 300 feet in height and sometimes approaching 400 feet. Capable of living for over 2000 years, coast … Continue reading

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Brown anole

Native to Cuba and the Bahamas, brown anoles (Squamata: Polychrotidae: Anolis sagrei) were introduced to Florida in the 1970s.  Since then they have proven to be highly invasive, quickly becoming one of the most common lizards in the state. Living close … Continue reading

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Random Plant: Desert marigold

Desert marigold (Baileya multiradiata, Asteraceae) can be found throughout much of the southwest US at elevations up to 5000 feet. Fond of full sun and well-drained soil, it’s most often associated with creosote scrub and Joshua tree woodlands. Although it … Continue reading

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Random Insect: Cockroach

Cockroaches (order Blattodea) are often thought of as pests of human dwellings, but only perhaps thirty of about 4,500 species can be found in our close proximity. Of those thirty or so, only four are considered actual pests. The vast … Continue reading

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Random Plant: Desert globemallow

Found throughout the Mojave, Sonoran, and Great Basin deserts, desert globemallow (Sphaeralcea ambigua, Malvaceae) thrives in the rocky, sandy soil of the southwest. At home on well-drained slopes anywhere between sea level and 8000 feet, these plants can be found … Continue reading

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Great Basin National Park

Located in east-central Nevada, Great Basin National Park provides an excellent example of the disparity that exists amid the southwestern US basin and range province. Beginning in the tiny town of Baker in the eastern basin, the road into the park ascends … Continue reading

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Cathedral Gorge State Park, Nevada

Located in southeast Nevada, Cathedral Gorge State Park preserves nearly 2000 acres of beautiful rock formations amid the Great Basin Desert. Made up of lakebed and volcanic ash deposits that accumulated over millions of years, these sediments are now being … Continue reading

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